A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

February - March 2021

Edition No. 32

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Manager's Corner
 

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In these times of uncertainty, our Community Manager, Darlene, wants to make sure that communication is as strong as ever. For information on how to contact the Community Office and stay updated on all things Tanglewood, keep reading!

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Manager's Corner

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Throughout the past few months, we’ve encountered a lot of change. Although the office is closed, we are here for you to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Please feel free to call or email me at any time at tanglewood@hometownamerica.net or (863) 402-1500, option 3.

Also, please make sure your contact information is updated and correct. We will continue to utilize the One Call Now messaging system to provide voice, text, and email messages as the situation evolves and new changes are implemented. This is the best way to stay informed of new policies, so providing the correct contact information is essential!

As we move further into this new year, I wanted to share the poem below.

Just One
Poet Unknown

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!

Sincerely,
Darlene D Bradley
Community Manager

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in lives.” - John F. Kennedy

Office Closed
 

Office Closed

The Community Office will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about appointments or tours.

Food

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Spice it Up: Cajun Style

If you love spicy but are getting tired of the traditional route, we have a solution for you. Take your taste buds to New Orleans through Cajun seasonings, a delicious blend of spices, perfect for flavoring chicken and seafood and adding into main dishes like jambalaya and gumbo. Not to mention, it’s a great way to spice up classics like deviled eggs or potatoes. Which of these fun dishes are you going to try first?

Capital Improvements

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We continued to work on multiple capital improvements throughout the community and were able to complete many in 2020. Keep reading for the full list.

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Capital Improvements
 

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We continued to work on multiple capital improvements throughout the community and were able to complete many in 2020. See the full list below:

  • • Painted Interior of Clubhouse,
  • • Installed new paint, sinks, decor and counter tops in Clubhouse restrooms.
  • • Gave the card room a new makeover, carpet, paint and décor.
  • • Painted the sidewalks, decks at pool, verandah and clubhouse.
  • • Bought 82 New picnic tables for Outback and bash areas.
  • • Resurfaced shuffleboard courts
  • • Installed new pool heater
  • • Added three new pieces of equipment to the fitness center
  • • Road and drain repairs on Whistle-stop, Beartooth Pass, Lazy Days, Carefree, Wildflower, Smoke Signal Sunflower Circle, Wilderness Circle and Sawgrass
  • • Started a community garden on Tanglewood Parkway, with many different trees, mango, coconut, two different kinds orange trees, lime, avocados, grapefruit, and lemons.
  • • Bought maintenance two new mowers.
  • • Planted a mature tibouchina tree at the Petanque Courts, installed white rock at the Pickleball courts between the sheds.

Considering a world-wide pandemic, we are happy to be able to end the year with the with so many completed community improvement projects! We are excited to see what 2021 brings.

Sales Update
 

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The Tanglewood Sales Team is working as hard as ever to sell homes in the community, and they have a very exciting announcement regarding how these homes are now listed for potential buyers to see. Read on for the news!

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Sales Update

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We are pleased to announce that all of our available homes for sale will now be automatically listed on our local MLS (multiple listing service). It gets even better! Our listings will also be syndicated out to the following home sale sites, which get tremendous exposure and activity: Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, Listhub, Homes.com, Homefinder, MHA Authority, Brevitas, Apartments.com, Localize.city, List Globally, International Syndication, Samaki, and IDX.

What does this mean for you?

  • • More buyers viewing your home
  • • More exposure for your home

Call today to speak with one of our sales specialists and see how we can help you.

Your Sales Team,
Robin Etherton (863) 658-3194
Trena Ring (863) 658-3293
Debbie Shea (863) 658-3452

Yard of the Quarter

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We are happy to announce the winners of the first Yard of the Quarter award in 2021 – Tom McKeever and Donna Scorse at 2125 Bayside Drive. Keep reading to learn Tom and Donna’s favorite parts of their yard and more about their involvement in the community.

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Yard of the Quarter

Yard of the quarter winners

We are happy to announce the winners of the first Yard of the Quarter award in 2021 – Tom McKeever and Donna Scorse at 2125 Bayside Drive.

When talking to Tom, he gives all of the credit to Donna for their beautiful yard and loves the red, potted flowers the most. Donna says, “flowers are happy, and they make me happy,” so it’s no wonder why their garden is as stunning as it is. Her favorite part of the yard is the variety of colored flowers leading to a large pot with more colorful flowers inside.

Both Donna and Tom are outstanding members of our Tanglewood community. Tom first moved in in 2004 and has served on numerous boards and committees through the years like the TMAC, Special Activities Committee, and Special Events Committee. Donna moved in in 2016, and wasted no time getting involved through volunteer opportunities in the community. In the past, she was the Chair of the Diversion’s Committee and the TMAC Secretary. Currently, you’ll find her chairing the Special Events Committee and Managing, Directing, and Producing the Broadway Lights show.

We encourage everyone to drive by and see for yourselves why we have chosen this yard for Yard of the Quarter. Trust us, you will not be disappointed.

Your Health

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Vitamins, Nutrients, & Minerals - Oh My!

Is your multivitamin doing the most when it comes to your specific needs? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the countless vitamin and nutrient options available, and difficult to know what the best thing for your body and lifestyle can be. With guides like this one from Care/of, you can be confident that you’re doing what’s best for your body!

Restaurant Review
 

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In this issue of the Tanglewood Restaurant Review, we’re turning the microphone over to Jim and Jan, who sampled “Cody’s Original Roadhouse Restaurant” in Sebring. Keep reading for their full review!

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Restaurant Review

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Almost any night you stop into Cody’s for dinner here in Sebring, you will find other Tanglewood residents enjoying a night out, or even celebrating a special occasion; this time was no exception as not far from us were two of our fellow Tanglewood Residents celebrating a birthday. (On your birthday, Cody’s brings you a special dessert and the waiters come and sing at your table.)

We arrived at Cody’s at 5 p.m. and were seated right away. Our waitress, Rosa, was very prompt in greeting us and took our drink order while we looked at the menu. Now, it’s Cody’s, and Jim doesn’t alter his selection ever. He has the prime rib medium rare every time, and tonight it was cooked to perfection. Along with their dinner entrees, Cody’s brings you a wonderful salad (which they toss at your table) covered with their delicious house ranch dressing. Please note, if the bowl mysteriously becomes empty, they bring you more!

You can choose from the many sides, and Jim had a loaded baked potato with his dinner. While you are waiting for dinner to arrive, your server will bring you warm dinner rolls with cinnamon or regular butter.

As I sometimes do, I ordered their cheesy garlic shrimp off of the appetizer menu. It is so delicious! They serve it to you in a special dish, with the shrimp arranged in the separate compartments of the dish. It is covered in garlic butter and cheese is melted into the shrimp. I also decided on a loaded baked potato to go with my shrimp.

Cody’s has a large menu and a variety of entrees to choose from. They also have a “happy hour”, which your server will tell you about. On Wednesday’s their special is buy one fajita dinner and get one free. This is a big hit, so you’ll want to plan ahead because during the “season” it is very popular and they may be a line waiting to be seated. As with a lot of Sebring restaurants, they also have a nice “early bird special” menu if you arrive and order before 5:59 p.m.

They also have a nice dessert menu. For one, Cody’s chocolate slide looks delicious, and the towering cake (chocolate or carrot) sounds wonderful also. But, to be honest, we are always way too full after dinner to even think about dessert.

While you are waiting for your food to arrive, you are surrounded by very unique décor, and you can enjoy reading the walls while you wait. We highly recommend Cody’s and hope that you will enjoy your dining experience with them as much as we always do. They are open from 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Happy eating,
Jim and Jan

*All of our reviews are written about restaurants where the employees are wearing masks at the time of the review.



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Pet Treat Goodie Bags

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Don’t miss our on your chance to grab a bag of goodies for your furry friend on Wednesday, February 10 from 2 – 4 p.m. in front of the Clubhouse. The Tanglewood staff will be distributing them while wearing masks and gloves and ask that you remain in your vehicle/golf cart while waiting.

Sweet Treat Day
 

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On Friday, February 26 from 1 – 3 p.m., we’ll be handing out individually wrapped cakes to all Tanglewood residents in front of the Clubhouse. When coming up to collect your treat, we ask you to please remain in your vehicle/golf carts and the staff will bring the cakes to you while wearing gloves, masks, and maintaining a 6 feet social distance.

Home & Garden

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Look Sharp with Succulents

Wondering what plants to add to your garden in the new year? If you’re looking for a beautiful, completely customizable, and easy-to-care-for option, consider making a succulent garden this spring! With this guide from The Spruce, your succulents will be flourishing in no time, indoors or out.

Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility. Keep reading to create your very own!

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Create Your Own Zen

Create Your Own Zen

Looking for a way to relax and get-in-touch with nature without doing difficult yard work? Try your hand at a DIY mini Zen Garden! Sand, stones, and some small plants are all you need to start your journey to mindfulness and tranquility.

First, let’s look at where Zen Gardens originated. While there have been many versions of them throughout the centuries, the one you’ll most likely recognize is from Buddhist Zen Monks in the Muromachi Period. After anxieties regarding civil wars during the Heian period, people wanted gardens that reflected the Buddhist beliefs of the never-ending cycle of life after death. The always altering state of the Zen Gardens reflect life as the Buddhists know, and it brought them peace.

Interested to see if your own Zen Garden will bring you tranquility like the monks? Here are a few tips get you started:

  • Use calming elements such as black and white sand, smooth stones, and small plants, but feel free to customize and add your own flares, such as essential oils, as well!
  • Use a container to match your style. Wood boxes are more natural, while glass adds an elegant flare.
  • Don’t forget your mini rake! Raking the sand is a great way to release stress and start your journey to finding Zen.

We hope creating your Zen Garden gives you not only a new, creative hobby, but also one that brings you some inner peace.

Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes, nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. If you’re in need of some inspiration, or are maybe just curious to compare your own family recipes with someone else’s, read on!

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Recreate Your Childhood

Recreate Your Childhood

While there are some recipes we can happily leave in the past (looking at you, meat jelly), there are many classic recipes that we would love to see make a comeback. Trying new recipes is always fun, but sometimes nothing can satisfy your craving for a classic, home-cooked meal that brings back all the nostalgia of childhood. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration or are simply curious to compare your family recipes with someone else’s, we have some ideas for you.

A throwback appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your next potluck are Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs - they’re sweet, tangy, simple, and delicious. If you’re looking for something to feed the whole family, try Tuna Casserole or Beef Stroganoff. They both have a hearty egg noodle base and are great served fresh and as leftovers. For dessert, try an elegant Baked Alaska. With a mouth-watering pound cake on the bottom and a fluffy meringue top, your guests are sure to be impressed by this unique dish.

Have you tried any of these recipes, or will you be trying any? Whether you’ll be recreating them or not, we hope we brought back some childhood nostalgia for you with these blasts from the past.

Black History Month

Black History Month

February marks the 45th anniversary of Black History Month, first celebrated in 1926 as a way to raise awareness of Black American’s contributions to history and later became a month-long celebration in 1976. Keep reading to learn more about the history of this month.

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Black History Month

Black History Month

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted the first week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history. Prior to this time, little information could be found regarding African American history. Important achievements were left out of history books, and there was a general misconception that African Americans had made little contribution to U.S. society or history. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans. Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti. He was a major voice in the anti-slavery/civil rights movement of his time. Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809), as the sixteenth president of the United States, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, thereby declaring that all slaves within the Confederacy would be permanently free. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month.

Source: Diversity Central

Experiences

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Galleries Galore

Travel through world-famous art galleries without a single passport stamp! Many galleries and museums worldwide are offering virtual tours to help keep guests safe while still providing an in-depth, immersive experience of multiple countries arts and culture. Will you visit London, Paris, Rome, or all of the above?

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

E-Z Pay
 

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Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month.

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

Entertainment

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Don't Hate the Player!

If your family members are seemingly always playing games on their phones and tablets and you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em! With a variety of mobile gaming options available, from cards to word puzzles, those that you can play solo or online with friends, you can stay connected and entertained wherever you go!